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ERIC Number: ED527863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-22
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
College Classroom Analysis: The Methodology of Cheating and Possible Prevention
Cain, William Dennis
Online Submission
The purpose of this study was to examine how prevalent classroom cheating and plagiarizing has become and to inform educators on how to reduce these practices. Student cheating and plagiarism will be examined and analyzed to determine how severe the problem is, as well as finding potential reasons, methods, and solutions to the unethical practice. To see its impact on a local college, fifty students enrolled at Indiana University-Bloomington were surveyed on potential classroom cheating and essay plagiarism. The grade level of the students ranged with 62% being freshmen, 30% as sophomores, juniors and Graduates each were represented by 2%, and seniors comprised 4% of the total student body. Results from the survey reveal that while 88% of the student sample saw classroom cheating as wrong, 40% admitted to doing it. 24% of the sample stated that they only cheated one to three times during their enrollment, 10% for four to six times, 4% cheated seven to nine times, while only 2% cheated more then ten times. Predetermined responses for why they defrauded their educators academically revealed that 85% of the admitted cheaters did so out of fear of failing with lesser numbers stating it was to save time and to handle the high stress of the class. Despite high levels of test cheating, only 16% of the survey admitted to essay plagiarizing. The reasons why they copied and pasted without proper citation were the inverse of why they cheated with the most common response being to save time with the least being out of fear of failing. To summarize the reasoning behind wrongful student practices is that 52% of those surveyed stated that the grade was more important than the knowledge. The survey's results indicate that a large minority of college students are willing to earn acceptable grades without doing the appropriate work. The high level of admitted cheaters and plagiarists confirms that colleges are inadequately prepared to handle the raising levels of these practices. Educators need to understand the severity of this problem, learn the methods these students employ during test time and the means to counter them, use new anti-cheating software to identify copied papers, and educate new students to understand exactly the consequences of not earning a degree legitimately. An In-depth Survey of Cheating & Plagiarizing in College is included.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana